Driver remanded on gun charges


A 27-year-old Taxi Driver was remanded to prison on Tuesday by Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan on two firearm related charges.

Dexter Waite of North Ruimveldt, Georgetown is charged with having a .32 revolver in his possession on September 17, 2017 at Itaballi Police Checkpoint, Mazaruni River when he is not a licenced firearm holder.

Additionally, Waite is accused of having five live .32 rounds in his possession. The defendant pleaded not guilty to both charges, while his attorney, in an application for bail, told the court that multiple persons were in the vehicle when the firearm was found. He added that two other persons were arrested by the police in connection with the same matter.

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Arwin Moore objected to Waite being granted bail based on the prevalence of the charge. He noted that on the day in question, the police searched Waite’s vehicle and found a gun concealed under its bonnet.

Moore contended that Waite was the driver of the vehicle and had control of it. The Chief Magistrate ruled in the prosecution’s favour and remanded Waite until October 12, when the matter will be recalled at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.

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